Romeo & Juliet


the ending of romeo and juliet is so amazing, a huge public wedding for romeo and juliet and they have four kids, mercutio and benvolio spend many happy years together before dying as old men, tybalt goes to anger management and becomes a pastry maker, why on earth do people call this a tragedy

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Apr 21



Capulet: Please, Tybalt, calm down.




Capulet: You recognized him just by his voice.

Tybalt: YES.


Tybalt: And I could smell him.


Tybalt: He smells of cheap women’s perfume.


Tybalt: And shame.



Capulet: Just leave all of the Montagues here alone and don’t ruin this ball.

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Mar 20


i think half the “romeo and juliet is not a love story” fallacy comes from the fact people regard their deaths as being what supposedly makes it the great love story its been called.  and that’s just…. not it.   their death is a tragedy.  it’s not romantic and it’s not what “proves” their love.  it’s a tragedy, end of story.  it’s a terrible, hideous, awful fate that befell them due to a toxic world.  they - romeo and juliet but also the other young characters - were young people who grew up in a terrible environment, neglected by their parents or abused by their peers, and so they are a product of that society.  tybalt’s fervour, mercutio’s mania, romeo’s melancholy, juliet and even benvolio’s strive to level-headedness through it all even though it’s so so difficult and ultimately impossible to endure.  it’s fucking awful and i don’t know how people can’t see that.  romeo’s parents don’t know a fucking thing about him and leave benvolio - benvolio! who is romeo’s age! a kid as well! - to deal with him.  juliet’s been cooped up and luckily has nurse - really luckily; her own father doesn’t know her age while nurse practically knows it down the second - but in the end she is just as immersed in this poison as romeo.  to grow up in a world where hatred and prejudice fuels every little thing, where your parents and family, the people who are supposed to love you, care more about feeding that venom than they do you, is terrible.  this society has formed its own pitfalls, doomed its children to horror.  we get the entire plot in the prologue because shakespeare wants us to feel that impending doom, knowing everyone is now helpless to stop the fate that will befall the lovers.  they’re going to die and we know it, because their world has given them absolutely no other option.  there is no way a person can happily and lovingly thrive in their society.  they will die.  

romeo and juliet is not a love story because of their deaths.  it’s a tragedy because of their deaths and it’s a love story because of their lives.  because amidst all the violence, all the bloodshed, the prejudice and never-ending hatred which has plagued the city for so long it’s as natural as breathing and never even questioned, is a beautiful love story.  romeo’s awful poetic monologuing about rosaline disappears and is replaced by absolutely gorgeous poetry, shared in dialogue with juliet so their meeting scene creates the perfect shakespearean sonnet.  all of those awful things we’ve had to witness so far, the neglect and abuse and violence and suffering which has been beating away at these characters, is completely replaced by love.  even if you choose to believe that given one more week they would have fallen out of love, it doesn’t matter.   in the moments they have, romeo and juliet adore each other.  in a place where nobody knows how to love, they are each other’s comfort and guide, something to fight for, something to hold.  they love and are loved in return and it is done so with unyielding passion.  and yes, its ardent power rushes them headfirst into a sudden and tragic downfall, but they were doomed anyway.   while they live, they give each other a light they could have never before fathomed.  they love each other, and the play presents their love as the most beautiful, redeeming, incredible miracle possible.  as wild and frantic as their passion might be, it is there, and of everything that drives this play and its characters, their love is the most powerful force of all. 

tl dr; romeo and juliet is not a love story because of the way they die together.  romeo and juliet is a love story because of the way they live together. 

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Feb 27




The other day I had a really good idea for a story:

A high school Shakespeare club angrily splits into two groups when they can’t agree on the correct interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. One group thinks it’s a cautionary tale about the stupidity of youth and shallow lust; the other group think it’s a beautiful tragedy about poisonous hatred conquered by love. Reconciliation seems impossible-

-then a person from one group falls in love with a person from the other

#it would be better if somehow EVERY OTHER SHAKESPEARE WAS HAPPENING AT ONCE#like you got a benedict and beatice b-story#and then somebody see’s their dad’s ghost#and there’s cross-dressing#and three upperclassmen tell macbeth he will be drama club president


Feb 18


my favourite part of shakespeare plays is the person at the end that is like “see how these people fucked everything up. don’t do this. look at this fuckery. look at it. fuck this. fuck everything.”

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Feb 14
Jan 20


Literature Meme || {3/4} Tropes
● S T A R - C R O S S E D  L O V E R S 

For two characters to be “Star-Crossed Lovers” means that they’re relationship is doomed to fail, because those who believe in astrology claim that the stars control human destiny. 

The term originally comes from the man who changed our entire language so much—William Shakespeare. It is coined in the prologue of one of his most famous works, Romeo and Juliet. In fact, the lines from the prologue are quoted in the graphic about. It also refers to destiny and the inevitability of the two characters’ paths crossing each other. It usually but not always refers to unlucky outcomes, since Romeo and Juliet’s affair ended tragically. Further, it connotes that the lovers entered into their union without sufficient forethought or preparation; that the lovers may not have had adequate knowledge of each other or that they were not thinking rationally.

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What light. So breaks. Such east. Very sun. Wow, Juliet.

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Jul 13


Beetroot’s Romeo and Juliet Poster

Every “Romeo” and “Juliet” in the entirety of Shakespeare’s play brought together with 55,440 red lines. 

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